Law and judiciary

Thailand: Officials Indicted for Karen Activist’s Murder

Thai authorities should fully and fairly prosecute all those responsible for the murder of a prominent ethnic Karen environmental activist in 2014, Human Rights Watch said today.On August 15, 2022, the Attorney General’s Office formally notified the Justice Ministry’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) of its ...

Sharing private data without permission can cost up to THB5m in fines

Government and private organisations can face a fine of up to 5 million baht and/or a year in prison for violating the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), which goes into effect on Wednesday.Under PDPA, government and private sectors worldwide, including officials responsible for data administration ...

The Nation Reporter

Thailand raises age of legal immunity from 10 to 12 years old

Thailand has raised the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old unconditionally and to 15 years with conditions, under a legal amendment that took effect on Sunday.The 29th amendment to the Criminal Code replaces Section 73 and states: “Children under the age of 12 ...

The Nation Reporter

NGOs rally against bill to keep them in check

Non-governmental organisations held a protest on Thursday demanding the dropping of draft legislation aimed at monitoring and regulating their activities.Members of several NGOs converged at the Social Development and Human Security Ministry to air their opposition to the Operations of Not-for-Profit Organisations bill (NPO bill).The ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Crypto cybercrime set to surge next year

Cryptocurrency-fuelled ransomware attacks, metaverse-related attacks, exploitation of flaws in application programming interfaces (API), and critical infrastructure attacks are among the key threats expected in 2022, according to Palo Alto Networks, a global cybersecurity company.“Cybercriminals are getting richer than ever as cryptocurrency fuels the ransomware economy,” ...

Suchit Leesa-Nguansuk

Renewed bid for central DNA database

The Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) is maintaining its push for a law that would require DNA samples collected from criminal suspects to be stored on a central database.A central database system would aid investigations targeting criminal suspects in security cases and serious crimes, ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

New regulation against ‘fake news’ enacted

New restrictions against fake news and misinformation were enacted on Friday after being published in the Royal Gazette.The new regulation was issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations. The emergency decree has been in place since March 26, ...

The Nation Reporter

Criticism mounts over digital regulatory bill

Criticism has flared over a draft royal decree meant to regulate digital platforms providing services in Thailand as participants at a public hearing on Thursday voiced concerns about unequal enforcement for local and foreign operators, additional burdens on operators, and the risk of abuse of ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

iLaw says curbs curtail free speech

The Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) group has slammed new restrictions issued under the emergency decree to curb the latest wave of Covid-19.On its Facebook page, iLaw targeted Announcement No.27 under the emergency rule which, it said, includes a provision (Restriction No.11) limiting free speech ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Parliament adopts only 1 charter change bill

The joint parliament sitting on Thursday passed only one out of 13 constitutional change bills in the first reading.The legislation would raise the number of constituency MPs from 350 to 400 and restore the old selection formula for 100 list MPs.The bill was proposed by ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

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